Aloud vs allowed

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Aloud means not silently, spoken out loud. Aloud may be used as an adverb or as an adjective. Aloud comes to us in the late fourteenth century by adding the prefix a- to the word loud.

Allowed is the past tense of the verb allow, meaning 1.) to permit, 2.) to let happen, 3.) to permit entrance, 4.) to acknowledge the truth or acceptability of something. Related words are allows, allowing, allowedly. Allow comes into the English language in the fourteenth century as allouen, from the the Latin word allaudare meaning to praise and the medieval Latin word allocare which means to place.


Bertelson was one of five Las Positas College veterans who read aloud essays that they had written about their military experiences at the first-ever “LPC Veterans Stories” event, which took place on the evening of November 4th at the college’s Barbara F. Mertes Center for the Arts. (The Independent)

Maddon also didn’t back down from the rival Cardinals, wondering aloud if Tony Soprano was in the visitor’s dugout after Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch on purpose on Sept. 18. (The Chicago Tribune)

There, he read aloud a proclamation from Governor-General Kerr dismissing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from the nation’s highest political office and installing Malcolm Fraser in his place. (The Sunshine Coast Daily)

A woman who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was allowed to wear a colander on her head in a driver’s license photo after her original bid to do so was denied. (The Huffington Post)

Indications that Umar will eventually be cleared and allowed to join the Pakistan T20 squad have come with statements from captain Shahid Afridi that if he was innocent he should be included in the team for the England series. (The Times of India)

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